A woman about to stand trial for allegedly defrauding less than $1,000 of federal funds has taken a plea agreement. This means the person who was charged with a crime has agreed to take some sort of agreement if they plead guilty. The woman in this case was accused of falsifying attendance records at a day care in order to obtain federal funds.
A guilty plea for fraud in Milwaukee can mean a person still has to serve a punishment, although it might sometimes be reduced from the original charge. Because there are still consequences associated with a guilty plea, including having the incident show on a criminal record, it might be wise to speak with a criminal defense attorney before admitting guilt or accepting a plea agreement.
Sometimes people don't understand their rights when they are charged with a crime, or they don't know how to handle the legal process so they do as they are instructed by authorities. This can lead people to be convicted of a crime when they aren't fully aware of what they were convicted of. Everyone has the right to speak with an attorney if they are arrested, and if someone is accused of fraud it might be a wise decision.
An attorney can help sort through the legal process and explain the charges a person might face. In the case of the Milwaukee woman accused of fraud, she will likely face at least a year of probation since she pled guilty, although there is a possibility her punishment could be longer or more severe.
Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Fourth person pleads guilty in day care fraud case," John Diedrich, June 7, 2012